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Elected to the Board by the self-perpetuating board in March 2018. Term expires in March 2024. Educated at Middlebury College, BA, Physics, 1985; and UVM, MS, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, 1989. Following software engineering roles at Vermont Microsystems and Autodesk, he joined Microsoft in 1993 where he led pioneering work in computer graphics for the Windows platform. Taking on increasingly senior leadership roles, he was one of the four original Xbox founders. During his 18 years at Microsoft, Otto also served as an early champion of mobile computing and paved the way for today’s touch-based devices. He moved to HBO to lead a non-technology company through digital disruption, and spearheaded the development of the popular HBO GO video streaming platform and the company's overall digital transformation. He joined CA Technologies - a $4 billion enterprise software company - to help other nontechnology businesses succeed in the digital era, and created an in-house incubator developing new products to address emerging customer needs. He also led CA’s subscription business transformation and its strategic vision for the future. In 2018, Otto founded Bog Bridges LLC, a consulting business focused on the digital transformation of businesses. He is co-inventor on ten patents, a recipient of Microsoft’s Xbox Founder Award, an Emmy Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award, and is a published author. Otto served on the Board of the Northwest School in Seattle from June 2009 to 2011 and has been a Board Member of the CEWIT (Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology) Advisory Board at Stony Brook University since March 2016. Otto is married to Maggie; they have three adult children.

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